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Pardon My French: How a Grumpy American Fell in Love with France by [Allen Johnson]
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"Yes. To become a world-class traveler, Johnson believes one must always say yes. He follows his own credo well in this entertaining and enlightening travel memoir. After a stint in France in 1971 to learn the language, Johnson and his wife return decades later for a one-year stay. Although hampered from the getgo in his efforts to find an apartment by the heavy-handed bureaucracy, and still struggling with the language despite much study, Johnson enthusiastically plunges into a variety of classes to learn more about France and, especially, the French. He is neither unreservedly rapturous nor unduly disheartened by the cultural divide, which includes a less-than-helpful attitude about customer service and a downright dangerous approach to driving. Instead, he goes beyond merely noting his experiences to exploring the causes of cultural traditions, primarily by quizzing his French friends. It is this openness and curiosity, along with the author’s infectious humor, that makes Pardon My French both entertaining and enlightening." —Booklist

“Funny and insightful, Allen Johnson’s love for the people of France shines through like a warm summer day on the Mediterranean.” —Christian Valette, Mayor of Pérols, France, 1989-2014

"As a reader who loved A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle and Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik I was greatly pleased to find that Pardon my French is just as delightful and in the same tradition....Anyone who has traveled in France, or would like to someday, will find much to love about this book." —Claire Bellarmine, author of An Adjustment in Consciousness

"One warning: Have your passport up-to-date when you read Pardon My French—you may just want to take the next flight to Paris. Bon Voyage.” —Judith Martin, Co-author of Experiencing Intercultural Communication

“What a wonderful book this is—like an Olympian swimmer, Allen Johnson plunges into the “France profonde” that most of us crave to experience. Here it is, in depth, both practical and poetic—all the paperwork to rent an apartment, what you need to know about joining a club and becoming a member of French society, how to participate wittily and appreciatively at 5-course meals, and most importantly, how to cultivate and maintain friendships. A magnificent and useful read.” —Gene Parulis, Professor at Community College of Vermont --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Allen Johnson holds a M.A. from the University of Washington in communication and a Ph.D. from Washington State University in psychology. He is an international keynote speaker and consultant. His platform style tends to be humorous and dramatic. He served for several years as a contract presenter for FranklinCovey. Johnson is also a jazz instrumentalist, singer, entertainer, and actor. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B016HBYRKO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yucca (27 October 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1892 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 243 pages
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